It’s The First Albino Tortoise Ever Seen In The World!
Albinism in humans is fairly uncommon; affecting around 1 in 17,000 humans. Albinism is a genetic disorder that causes the skin, hair and eyes to have very little colour, and it can also cause vision problems, too. We don’t often think about albinism in animals — mainly because it’s so rare!
That’s why zookeepers were stunned when a female Galápagos giant tortoise gave birth to an albino tortoise at Tropiquarium, a zoo located in Switzerland! On May 1st, 2022, the tiny albino reptile hatched, along with her normal, brown-coloured sibling. The little tortoise, born in the town of Servion, weighed in at just 50 grams.
This is the first time in the world that an albino Galápagos tortoise has been born and kept in captivity.